If you want to get rid of your varicose veins without surgery or downtime, it’s time to consider endovenous radiofrequency ablation. The vein experts at NJ Vein Specialists in Englewood Cliffs, Edison, and Totowa, New Jersey, perform this minimally invasive procedure in the office using local anesthesia and, after your procedure, you can get right back to your daily routine. To learn more about permanently eliminating your varicose veins with endovenous radiofrequency ablation, call one of the offices or book an appointment online today.
Endovenous radiofrequency (RF) ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that uses RF energy to permanently eliminate varicose veins. Heat produced by the RF energy closes the targeted section of the vein and leads to scarring.
Over time, your body reabsorbs the scar tissue, gradually eliminating the vein. The blood flow is naturally rerouted to healthy veins, restoring normal circulation.
Patients usually want to treat their varicose veins for cosmetic reasons or to stop symptoms such as leg pain and fatigue, itching, and leg swelling. Treating varicose veins is also important to prevent complications.
The chronic venous insufficiency that causes varicose veins limits blood flow back to your heart and increases the pressure in your leg veins. When your varicose veins go untreated, the high pressure leads to problems such as thickened and discolored skin, non-healing venous stasis ulcers, and an inflammatory skin disease called stasis dermatitis.
Your provider at NJ Vein Specialists uses ultrasound to map your veins and plan your procedure. They also used real-time ultrasound imaging to see the veins and guide the catheter during your ablation.
After applying a local anesthetic and making a tiny cut, your provider inserts the narrow catheter into a vein and gently guides it through your venous system to the varicose vein. Once the catheter is in place, your provider turns on the RF electrode. The RF energy then heats and closes the vein as your provider slowly withdraws the catheter through the varicosity.
The team at NJ Vein Specialists encourages you to start walking shortly after your RF ablation. You’ll wear compression stockings for a time to support healing and ensure the veins remain closed.
After your procedure, you can return to most of your daily activities but there are a few exceptions. You should avoid prolonged sitting and strenuous physical activities for several weeks.
You’ll start to see some improvement in the treated veins within a week. Complete elimination of the veins can take weeks or months, however.
To learn if endovenous radiofrequency ablation is a good option for treating your varicose veins, call NJ Vein Specialists or book an appointment online.